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Hokies Must Beat NC State to Play in ACC Championship Game

No. 18 Virginia Tech Hokies (38-19, 16-14) vs. NC State Wolfpack (37-21, 15-15)

Time: Appx. 9:15 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2010
Place: NewBridge Bank Park (7,499), Greensboro, N.C.
TV: FSN South (DTV 646, Dish 420), FSN Florida Alt (DTV 656)
Radio: XM 190, Sirius 215

Live Stats | VT Notes | NCSU Notes

Probable Starters
VT: RH Jesse Hahn (5-4, 3.55)
NCSU: RH Cory Mazzoni (7-3, 4.60)

Previous Meetings

Starting Pitchers: Hahn is 2-4, 4.80 in eight starts against ACC opponents while Mazzoni is 4-3, 5.74 in 10 ACC starts ... Hahn went nearly a month between starts due to elbow stiffness from April 18 against Virginia to May 16 against Duke ... in his last three starts against Virginia, Duke and North Carolina, Hahn is 0-2 with a 7.98 ERA (13 ER/14.2 IP) ... in his previous five starts against Maryland, Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State and Miami, Hahn was 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA (11 ER/30.1 IP) ... in his last two conference starts, Mazzoni is 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA (10 ER/15.2 IP) ... in his previous three starts, he was 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA (7 ER/20.0 IP).

Trends: The Hokies beat Clemson 9-8 Friday to improve to 2-0 in the 2010 ACC Tournament ... Tech has won two consecutive tournament games after losing the only previous tournament game in which it appeared in 2005 ... NC State lost to Georgia Tech Saturday morning to fall to 1-1 in the tournament ... NC State is 3-5 since the ACC tournament switched to pool play in 2007 ... all three of NC State wins in pool play of the ACC tournament have come against either Clemson or Georgia Tech ... the Wolfpack beat Georgia Tech and lost to Virginia and North Carolina in 2007 and beat Clemson and lost to Georgia Tech and Miami in 2008 ... the Hokies have lost three of their last four against NC State and are 5-9 against them since joining the ACC in 2004-05 ... Virginia Tech's Austin Wates is 4-7 (.571) with three RBIs in two ACC tournament games ... in his previous four games, he was 1-12 (.083) with two RBIs ... the Hokies are batting .284 (19-67) and their opponents .159 (11-69) during the tournament ... the Wolfpack are batting .328 (22-67) and their opponents .333 (22-66) in the tournament.

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